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Passionate about chronic & complex health conditions. Clinician, researcher, and educator.
Occupational Therapy, Mental Health
Focus on chronic pain, mental health, and trauma. Helping to engage in meaningful activities.
Special interests in society, culture, belief, and perspectives about the human body and sexuality.
Mercedes is a lifelong learner. She received a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Calgary in 2008, a Master of Physical Therapy from the University of Western Ontario in 2010, a post-graduate certificate in pain management from the University of Alberta in 2014, and a Master of Health Management from McMaster University in 2018.
Other professional development includes a certificate in acupuncture and advanced courses in pelvic health. Mercedes has advanced training to do pessary fittings for pelvic organ prolapse.
Mercedes has unique experience in physiotherapy for breastfeeding support. She is an international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC). In 2018, Mercedes was invited to speak at the Pelvic Health Solutions Symposium in Toronto. She has taught several webinars and in-person courses on the assessment and treatment of breastfeeding-related conditions.
Outside of her clinical roles, Mercedes is a dancer, swimmer, and knitter. She spends as much time as possible with her daughter, husband, and dog.
Amber has been an occupational therapist for 8 years and her practice focuses on chronic pain, mental health, and trauma. Amber became passionate about women’s health through her own journey into motherhood. She has a special interest in helping women work through current or past traumatic experiences to fully engage in motherhood and/or other important aspects of their identities.
Amber practices through a trauma informed lens and has extensive training to help those who have experienced trauma: she is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and uses approaches such as
She has also taken training in pelvic health, breastfeeding support, and perinatal and postpartum mental health.
Amber’s vision for occupational therapy in women’s health is to work collaboratively with women to maximize engagement in meaningful roles and activities. This includes helping people to move past traumatic birth experiences in preparation for future childbirth, improve women’s comfort and confidence in intimate relationships, adapting positions and techniques for functional activities such as breastfeeding and lifting and carrying babies, and helping parents find ways to balance work and parenting.
Outside of her occupational therapist role, Amber is a mom to a 2 and 5 year old.
Christine took a different path to physiotherapy that has provided a broad foundation and many opportunities to develop her skills. She received a Bachelor of Arts Joint Major with Distinction in Religious Studies and Economics from St. Francis Xavier University and completed courses in Kinesiology with a focus in biomechanics at the University of Calgary. Christine has been a yoga teacher since 2011, and it was through a desire to provide better care and to expand her scope of practice that Christine chose to obtain a Master of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta.
Over the years, Christine has received training in movement modalities such as Restorative Exercise (certified through Nutritious Movement®), Foundation Training, and numerous workshops and trainings within the yoga community.
Christine has been interested in working in women’s health for many years and developed an interest in providing support to both mothers and infants following a placement at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. When she discovered that Vida Health & Wellness was already providing this type of support, she knew she needed to train with Mercedes in breastfeeding support and pelvic health and was able to complete her final student placement at Vida Health and Wellness.
Christine is currently pursuing advanced courses in pelvic health and chronic pain and will be expanding her skillset to work with people impacted by cancer and gastrointestinal diagnoses and treatment.
Christine is especially interested in the intersections of society, culture, belief and perspectives about the human body, health, and sexuality. She provides a safe space for people to learn about their bodies and health while seeking to understand and help them begin or get back to the activities that are meaningful to them.
Outside her clinical roles, Christine is a watercolour artist, enjoys tea with friends, and loves to walk the paths of Calgary and the surrounding area.
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