Vida Health & Wellness
Physiotherapy and Lactation Support in Calgary
If you are looking for physiotherapy in Calgary to help with an injury or health condition, Vida Health & Wellness can help. We offer one on one appointments with a registered and experienced physiotherapist in the inner city, individualized care, and strong communication with referring health professionals.
Vida Health & Wellness is pleased to announce that we now have a lactation consultant in Calgary! Whether it’s for breastfeeding, bottle feeding, pumping or weaning, we are here to support your goals.
Mercedes is a registered physiotherapist and a lactation consultant. She enjoys dancing, swimming, hiking, and knitting. She lives in Calgary with her husband, daughter, and puppy.
Mercedes completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology degree (first class honours) from the University of Calgary in 2008. She did research for Speed Skating Canada and the Human Performance Laboratory on sport injuries and running shoe materials.
She graduated with a Master of Physiotherapy from the University of Western Ontario in 2010. There, she took electives in pain management and sport physiotherapy.
In 2014, Mercedes received a Certificate in Pain Management from the University of Alberta. This 18 month program involves extensive training in acute and chronic pain.
Mercedes is currently finishing a Master of Health Management from McMaster University. She is expecting to finish in early 2018.
Her lactation education comes from BreastEd and she continues to work with – and learn from – lactation specialists in the Calgary area.
In addition to university programs, Mercedes has also been certified in acupuncture and has taken several courses on vestibular rehabilitation (dizziness), concussion management, and pelvic floor.
Our approach to physiotherapy is simple: empower people to achieve their health goals. This is done through:
- Thorough assessments (1 full hour one-on-one with a physiotherapist)
- Collaborative goal setting
- Extensive education
- Manual therapy, acupuncture if appropriate
- Communication with other health professionals involved in the care
- Self-care and exercises between appointments
- Appropriate time between appointments to allow for progress
- Ongoing re-assessment and discharge planning
Most of our patients require only 1-5 appointments. By spacing them appropriately and focusing each session on manual therapy and education, you are able to make progress on your own time. Adequate time between appointments also allows you to report back with obstacles and challenges you encounter.
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