Kelli Berzuk

BA, BMR-PT, MSc, PhD

Post-Grad Certification in Continence & Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation—University of Melbourne
Canadian Physiotherapy Association: Clinical Specialist in Women's Health
Past-President of the Women's Health Research Foundation of Canada
Canadian Acupuncture Foundation Certification
Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist, Nova Physiotherapy Clinic Owner

Education

Dr. Kelli Berzuk is a pelvic floor physiotherapist, the owner of Nova Physiotherapy and founder of its divisions; IPPC-Incontinence & Pelvic Pain Clinic, and Nova Physiotherapy & Women's Health Centre. She received her post-graduate pelvic floor education through the American Physical Therapy Association, Certification in Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation & Continence through the University of Melbourne, Australia, a Master of Science in Pelvic Floor Medicine and her PhD Doctorate in Urogyne-Colorectal Medicine at the University of Manitoba. She obtained her acupuncture certification through the Canadian Acupuncture Foundation.

Areas of Practice

For close to twenty-five years she has focused her clinical practice to the specialty of pelvic floor medicine and the treatment of bladder, bowel, and sexual dysfunction, pelvic pain and pelvic organ prolapse. She is an advocate for the prevention and correction of pelvic floor dysfunction in women, men and children and has presented at hundreds of functions to raise awareness to the importance of pelvic floor health. Kelli is the author and publisher of the self-help book, “I Laughed So Hard I Peed My Pants! A Woman’s Essential Guide for Improved Bladder Control.” (www.ilaughedsohard.com).

She is also active in scientific research and in 2008 was the recipient of University of Manitoba Research Development Award. Kelli is published in internationally respected pelvic floor medicine journals, and in 2013, the University of Manitoba awarded her with the Distinguished Dissertation Award for her ground-breaking research thesis, “Effects of Increasing Awareness of Pelvic Floor Muscle (PFM) Function on Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD).”

Kelli sits on provincial and national Boards and Committees, acts as a journal reviewer for various international urogynecology journals for the promotion of research in pelvic floor health, and was recently invited to join the editorial board of the Current Sexual Health Reports Journal.

Awards & Recognition

In 2009, Kelli was awarded the Leonore Saunders Mentorship, and the Robert A. Macbeth Traveling Fellowship awards. In 2012, she was nationally recognized within the first-ever graduating class of Canadian Physiotherapy Clinical Specialists and remains the sole physiotherapist in Manitoba with this distinction, with only 3 in the field of Women’s Health in Canada. The same year she was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for her lifetime dedication to education, research and clinical practice in the field of Women’s Health.

Why does she do what she does?

Kelli has treated thousands of patients (men, women and children) suffering with pelvic floor dysfunction and the successful results obtained over the years supports her belief that much of this can be improved, resolved, and even prevented. She is passionate about raising awareness toward the importance of pelvic floor muscle health and how neglect and injury to this muscle can lead to challenging issues with bladder, bowel and sexual health, and pelvic pain. She works toward correcting erroneous information regarding exercise for the pelvic floor muscle and why proper exercise prescription following a thorough pelvic floor examination by a qualified clinician is critical. By raising awareness and knowledge toward this important health topic, much pelvic floor dysfunction may be prevented!

Hilary Christie

BMR-PT

Canadian Acupuncture Foundation Certification, Physiotherapist working in the area of Orthopaedics

Education

Hilary Christie graduated in 2007 from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor degree of Medical Rehabilitation in Physical Therapy. In 2008, Hilary completed Level One of the Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy. In that same year, she completed her certificate with the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. From 2009 to 2011, she completed Level Two Upper and Lower Quadrants and Level Three Upper Quadrant of the Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy.

Areas of Practice

For the past seven years, Hilary has focused her clinical practice on the area of orthopaedic physiotherapy. She combines her in-depth knowledge of the body and how it works with specialized hands-on clinical skills to assess, diagnose, and treat symptoms of illness, injury or disability. Her continuing education has mainly focused on the development of hands-on techniques known as manual therapy. Manual therapy techniques include joint mobilizations and soft-tissue massage. During the last year, Hilary began her training to teach STOTT Pilates®. Hilary and her patients have seen many benefits of incorporating STOTT Pilates® exercises to restore the natural curves of the spine and to rebalance muscles around joints.

Why does she do what she does?

Since a very young age, Hilary had a love for the human body. During University Hilary began volunteering at Nova Physiotherapy, where she was inspired by what Physiotherapists could offer. She discovered that Physiotherapists are very knowledgeable about the body and can make a difference on a person’s quality of life. She enjoys working with people and helping them gain the knowledge and tools to help themselves improve.

Amanda Dueck

BA, MPT

Physiotherapist working in the field of orthopeadics and musculoskeletal physiotherapy

EDUCATION

Amanda Dueck graduated from Providence University College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies and TESOL certification. In 2015, Amanda graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Amanda is interested in the areas of orthopaedic, neurological and sports physiotherapy. She combines her knowledge of the human body and experience as an active individual with hands-on clinical skills to assess, diagnose, and treat symptoms of injury, illness, and/or disability. Amanda believes that physiotherapy treatments combined with physical activity are very effective for injury prevention and rehabilitation. She enjoys working with people, sharing knowledge and tools to help others improve. 

WHAT'S NEXT?

Throughout her time in the physical therapy program, Amanda was the student representative for the Open House Committee. Responsibilities included organizing, planning activities, and providing prospective physical therapy students with information about the University of Manitoba’s Physical Therapy program. She plans to invest in future students as a supervisor or mentor to those in the Physical Therapy program. 

Amanda challenged the Level One Orthopaedic Physical Therapy exam and plans to continue achieving her levels through the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Amanda plans to take many post-graduate courses in order to challenge and broaden her assessment and treatment skills “toolbox”.

OTHER INTERESTS

Amanda grew up in a small town, participating in every sport she could as well as playing piano and acting in various musicals. Currently, she plays co-ed and women’s league volleyball, as well as beach volleyball and ultimate frisbee in the summer. She played volleyball and basketball at Providence University College and enjoys running the Manitoba marathon relay. Amanda enjoys international development and spent two months in Ethiopia teaching English and soccer. 

Amanda enjoys giving her time through volunteering at events such as the Teddy Bear’s Picnic, which involved coaching children through a physical activity obstacle course. She is also currently volunteering at Riverview Health Centre in rehabilitation for stroke and brain injury.
 

Lynne Gagnon

BSc, BSc-PT

Post-graduate certification: Pelvic & Perineal Rehab – University of Montreal

Education

Lynne received her first Bachelor of Science degree from the Collège Universitaire de Saint-Boniface in 2003 and went on to obtain her Bachelor of Science degree in Physiotherapy (with distinction) in 2007, from the University of Ottawa. Her most recent accomplishment is completing the post-graduate pelvic and perineal rehab program offered through the Univeristy of Montréal in April 2014.

Areas of Practice

Lynne joined the Nova Physiotherapy team in 2009 when she decided to focus her career in pelvic floor rehabilitation. She treats men, women and children for bladder, bowel, sexual dysfunction, pelvic pain, and pelvic organ descent. She is passionate about pelvic floor health and believes that raising awareness and preventative wellness is an integral part of her work. She has done presentations for mom groups around the city and for medical students, for education on prevention and correction of pelvic floor dysfunction.

Why she does what she does?

Raised in a French family and an active participant in the French community, one of Lynne’s goals has been to provide bilingual services. Passionate about pelvic floor function and dysfunction, Lynne is also aware that this is often a difficult subject to approach for patients. She strongly believes in active listening and a patient-focused approach to treatment, so that patients could feel comfortable in sharing their stories and receive the best treatment possible. She uses her skills as a physiotherapist to rehabilitate the pelvic floor for optimal health, but also loves to teach and educate patients on maintenance and preventative strategies in order to maintain pelvic floor health. She knows she has accomplished her goals in raising awareness when she hears her patients sharing the knowledge they have gained on pelvic floor health with their friends, family and/or coworkers.

Kim Hodges

BMR-PT

Post-grad Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physiotherapy-American Physical Therapy Association 
Acupuncture certificate through Association of Physiotherapists of Manitoba

Education

Kim completed her physiotherapy degree from the University of Manitoba in 1996, and spent the next ten years at the Health Sciences Centre working primarily in out-patient orthopaedic physiotherapy. In 2007 she joined IPPC and has since concentrated her practice to the area of pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. Her post-graduate pelvic floor education was obtained through the American Physical Therapy Association, Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia in conjunction with the University of British Columbia. She received her acupuncture license through the Association of Physiotherapists of Manitoba. Kim continues to follow current research and participates in continuing education courses to enhance her expertise in treating pelvic floor muscle dysfunction.

Areas of Practice

Pelvic floor muscle dysfunction and pelvic physiotherapy have been Kim’s focus of treatment since 2007. She treats men and women with bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction and pelvic pain, women with pelvic organ descent, and children experiencing issues with bladder and/or bowel. Kim’s experience in orthopaedic manual physiotherapy and exercise instruction, along with her passion for sports, health and wellness have been invaluable to her practice.

Why does she do what she does?

PFM dysfunction can greatly impact psychosocial and physical health. Fortunately, physiotherapy can play a significant role in the prevention, improvement and often resolution of pelvic floor muscle related symptoms in both the male and female population through individualized education, manual therapy and active exercise.
 

Alison Pethrick

BA (Hons), MPT

EDUCATION

Alison Pethrick is a physiotherapist at Nova Physiotherapy working in both pelvic floor and orthopaedic divisions. She graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2013 with her Master of Physical Therapy. Following graduation, Alison completed her acupuncture certification as well as Level 2 Upper and Lower Quadrants of the Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic and Manipulative Physiotherapy. She has taken post-graduate courses in pelvic floor physical therapy from the American Physical Therapy Association, and plans to obtain her Post-Graduate Certificate in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy from the University of Melbourne.

 

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Alison has interest in all areas of physiotherapy practice, and combines her knowledge of both external and internal systems to assess, diagnose and treat. She enjoys working closely with people, sharing knowledge, and working towards a collective goal.

 

WHY DOES SHE DO WHAT SHE DOES?

Alison developed an appreciation for the human body at a young age. While gaining experience in orthopaedic therapy, she developed an interest in the pelvic floor muscles and their impact on low back, hip, and pelvic pain. While exploring this area and completing pelvic floor training, she was introduced to all that a physiotherapist is able to accomplish by working with this dynamic group of muscles. 

Lindsay Stern

BA, BMR-PT

Education

Lindsay Stern is a physiotherapist at Nova Physiotherapy, working in all three divisions (orthopaedic, pelvic floor, and women’s health physiotherapy). She graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2013 with her Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree. She has taken post-graduate courses in pelvic floor physiotherapy from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. She is certified in acupuncture and successfully challenged the Level 1 Orthopaedic Physiotherapy exam. Lindsay is registered at the University of Melbourne to obtain her Post-Graduate Certificate in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy, in 2015, which will complete all criteria of her pelvic floor physiotherapy residency/mentorship program.

Areas of Practice

Lindsay began her mentorship with Dr. Kelli Berzuk in the pelvic floor division of Nova Physiotherapy while completing her final year of her physiotherapy degree. Lindsay works with patients suffering with all forms of pelvic floor muscle dysfunction including bladder and bowel incontinence/urgency/frequency, pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse and sexual dysfunction. She also works with patients experiencing general orthopaedic dysfunction including fractures, sprains, repetitive strain injuries, sports related injuries, low back/neck pain, injuries occurring at work and from motor vehicle accidents, etc.

Why does she do what she does?

Since being introduced to pelvic floor health briefly during her 3-year physiotherapy degree, Lindsay knew she had found her true calling. Little understood and even less talked about in society, pelvic floor muscle dysfunction can lead to poor quality of life, depression, anxiety and avoidance of social, sexual, occupational and physical activities. Lindsay believes in empowering the public with the knowledge that pelvic floor dysfunction is often preventable and treatable and often does presentations to increase awareness. Her goal is to break the taboo and encourage open discussion about these very common and often debilitating issues.

Lesia Yereniuk

BScPT, MPhysio (Women's Health & Pelvic Floor Physio)

Post-grad Certification in Continence and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation-University of Melbourne, Pelvic floor physiotherapist

Education

Lesia Yereniuk has practiced as a pelvic floor physiotherapist at the Incontinence & Pelvic Pain Clinic for the past 12 years. She received her post-graduate pelvic floor education through the American Physical Therapy Association, a Certification in Continence and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation through the University of Melbourne, Australia and a Masters degree in Women's Health and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation through the University of Melbourne, Australia. 

Areas of Practice

Over the past 12 years Lesia has practiced in all areas of Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation including: bladder and bowel dysfunction, supportive dysfunction, pelvic pain syndromes and sexual dysfunction educating, treating and empowering women, men and children of all ages.  She has spoke and continues to speak to various prenatal and postpartum women's groups focusing on educating on the importance of pelvic floor health during these stages of a women's life in prevention of pelvic floor dysfunction.

Why does she do what she does?

Lesia is passionate about educating, motivating and empowering all individuals of the importance of pelvic floor health. Much of her practice focuses on preventative education but also sharing responsibility with the client to actively treat the dysfunction.  Following a period of active treatment she provides guidance to patients to effectively manage symptoms independently.  Her practice is compassionate and respectful in assessment and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction. She feels a critical part of being a medical professional is to provide accurate research-based information and for clients to be assessed and treated by a qualified professional. To be part of this type of rehabilitation is very gratifying as a professional as these types of dysfunction significantly reduce quality of life.